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Diary of the Last Man
Diary of the Last Man

Diary of the Last Man


96 Pages, 5.5 x 8.5

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $12.00 (US $12.00) (CA $16.00)

Publication Date: July 2017

ISBN 9781784103484

Rights: US, CA, NZ, CAM, SAM, CAR, PH, KR & FM

Carcanet Press, Ltd. (Jul 2017)
Carcanet Press Ltd.

Price: $12.00


Diary of the Last Man sees climate change meet post-Brexit British politics, as Robert Minhinnick walks between the river mouths of his home in Wales, head full of the sands of Babylon. This is a book of songs and suites and lost ideas of wilderness. Dreamlike, sometimes delirious, Diary of the Last Man is a powerful evocation of an unforgettable place. Political as in 'Amiriya Suite' and culturally wide ranging (see the translations in 'Aversions'), Diary of the Last Man fuses the global with an intensely local perspective.


"Robert Minhinnick's new collection confirms his status as one of the most important poets of these turbulent times." —Carol Ann Duffy

"Robert Minhinnick is the leading Welsh poet of his generation." —Sunday Times

"Minhinnick is one of the few poets who writes about a dockyard or a hedgerow with equal authority...A friend of mine once said that he liked to think of R.S.Thomas as 'just being there': outside the media hubbub, steadily producing wonderful poems. Although Minhinnick's considerably younger, and more cosmopolitan in scope, I'd say the same about him." —Poetry London

Author Biography

Robert Minhinnick was born in 1952 and lives in south Wales. He has published nine collections of poetry, including The Adulterer's Tongue, translations of works by six Welsh poets. He has been the winner of a Society of Authors Eric Gregory Award and a Cholmondeley Award, and has twice won the Forward Prize for best individual poem. His books of essays have twice won the Wales Book of the Year Prize. His first novel, Sea Holly, was published by Seren in 2007. Robert Minhinnick edited Poetry Wales magazine from 1997 to 2008. He co-founded Friends of the Earth (Cymru) and Sustainable Wales, and is an advisor to Sustainable Wales.